A group of around 50 Islamic fighters calling itself The Sheikh Mansour Brigade – Ukraine Insurgent Army has appeared in Ukraine fighting for the current pro-western government.
It’s spokesperson and commander is Isa Munayev a former military commander and personal associate for the former breakaway President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria Dzhokhar Musayevich Dudaev.
Munayev has previously been labled a war criminal for his role in the Chechen Wars of the 1990’s and is believed to have personally beheaded around 20 Russian conscript soliders.
The former Chechen soliders of Dudaev have close links with the Neo-fascist Right Sector whose leadership fought in and suplied arms during the Chechen Wars on the 1990s. Munayev is believe to have had a close personal freindship with slain Islamic State in Syria leader Omar al-Shishani with former Dudaev Battalion soliders making up the core group of Islamic State fighters around al-Shishani.
The Dudaev fighters who make up the core of the Sheikh Mansour Battalion are believe to be prodominantley Chechen fioghters with experience fighting in Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya and their introduction into the conflcit in the former SSR could prove as dangerous for the Poroshenko government as it could for the speratist in the east.
The Sheikh Mansour Battalion has already participated in punitive operations in the east and their is a video of available of their takeover of a Russian language school in the ATO Zone in the East.
The danger for Europe will be what it dies with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda linked Chechen fighters returning to Europe from the conflict zones in Syria, Iraq ans Libya. It is fast appearing that many are returning to Europe via the conflict zone in Ukraine with suspicion that they are involved in weapons smuggling from Ukraine through the porpus and often unguard border with Poland.
There have been reported concerns that the purpitartors of the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris may have links with fighters who are or have recently been fighting with both the Islamic State and the Sheikh Mansour Battalion in Ukraine see French Police Suspect Ukrainian Link as Source for Charlie Hebdo Weapons https://theother14.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/french-police-suspect-ukrainian-volunteer-battalion-origion-for-charlie-hebdo-ak47s/